For this week’s Student-Athlete Spotlight, we would like to recognize Sophomore Angelina Ruiz, from the Hartnell Women’s Softball Team. Angelina grew up in Salinas and attended Everett Alvarez High School - there she had great success in her softball career. She received First-team all-league, athlete of the year in her senior year and played Varsity for all 4 years. Angelina began to play softball at 12. She says that her biggest supporters are her family, especially my mom and dad. One of the reasons Angelina decided to come to Hartnell was Assistant Hartnell Softball Coach, Geno Sigala. She expressed that after a conversation with him, she felt she had a place here, making it a smooth transition. As for the 2016-2017 season, it was Ruiz’s first year playing intercollegiate sports. In the season, Angelina averaged a .439 batting average, 13 RBIs and 48 runs. Furthermore, she averaged a .360 batting average, 1 homerun, 12 RBIs and most impressive, 17 steals on the season that placed her first in league in steals. She did not stop keeping her eye on the prize, as she received second team: all-league this season and made President’s Honor Roll. Angelina plans to transfer in the fall semester of 2018 and continue to play softball at the intercollegiate level. Angelina shared her favorite quote – ‘You're anything but ordinary’- she later explained that this inspires her to believe that the only thing that could stop you is yourself. So far, she has demonstrated commitment and drive to be exceptional. We wish Angelina the best in her future endeavors. Go Panthers!
Student-Athlete Spotlight Angelina Ruiz
May 14, 2018